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Mr Dryden Goodwin
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
  • Reader in Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Dryden Goodwin's practice incorporates drawing, often in combination with photography and live action video; he creates gallery installations, short films, projects in public space, printmaking, works on-line and soundtracks. Goodwin's work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, The Photographers' Gallery, London, The National Portrait Gallery, London, the Venice Biennale and the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenberg, Sweden. His work is in major collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Tate Collection, The National Portrait Gallery, London, The Science Museum, London. His short films have been broadcast on Channel 4, MTV, RAI and SWR and shown in many international festivals since 1995. 

Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Unseen: The Lives of Looking, Queen’s House, Royal Museum’s Greenwich, London, accompanied by an exhibition of drawings and artefacts featured in the film, 2015; Skill, MIMA, Middlesbrough, an exhibition of a 12 part film and related drawings, 2015; Poised, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, a film installation, 2014; Wander a permanent installation of 100 steel etching plates, Cambridge, 2014; Breathe, commissioned by Invisible Dust, a large scale projection, animating over 1,300 pencil drawings, projected at night, next to Westminster Bridge, opposite the Houses of Parliament, 2012; Linear commissioned by Art on the Underground, 60 pencil portraits and 60 short films, displayed as posters, on digital screens and at exhibition sites, across the London Underground network and online 2010-2012. Coax, Raum mit Licht, Vienna and Fotoforum West, Innsbruck, Austria, 2011; Cast, at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009 and the Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2008. 

Recent group exhibitions include, Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s until Today curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, touring China, 2015-2016; Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs, London Transport Museum, 2013; Everything Flows commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella exhibited at the De La Warr Pavilion, 2012; The World in London, curated by the Photographers’ Gallery, shown in Victoria Park, 2012; Exquisite Forest, Tate Modern and Google, 2012; Poetry of Motion, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2012; Images of the Mind, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic, 2011; Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2010; London Calling: Who Gets to Run the World, Total Museum, Seoul 2009 also Hanjiyun Contemporary Space, Beijing, 2009.

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Research Summary

You can explore recent and past work at www.drydengoodwin.com

Through drawing, film, installation, photography, sound, work in public space and on-line, my practice involves close observation of individuals and groups. At times anonymous and distant, at others personal and intimate. In recent projects I have been driven by the inability of any ‘portrait’ to fully describe a subject. I'm interested in exploring expanded notions of ‘portraiture’, both in form and approach to a subject. It is both what is left out, as well as what is captured, that has the potential to activate a viewer’s imagination. I endeavour to evoke a heightened sense of each person I portray as well as the environments I encounter them in. Through drawing implements (pencil, etching needle, ink pen or digital stylus), with lenses (video, film or photography) and creating soundtracks, I distill intense pockets of time and experience.

In some of my most recent works. I’m reflecting upon the complexities of human endeavour on different scales, found in specialist, focused activities such as training for elite sport, Poised (2012), finely honed hand skills and crafts Skill (2014), or pioneers in disciplines such as the eye surgeon, NASA planetary explorer and human rights lawyer in my feature length essay film, Unseen: The Lives of Looking (2015). 

More than ‘bearing witness’ to someone’s likeness and that of the environment they’re in, I’m attempting, through the editing and scoring, to delve beyond the physical surface. As well as evoking the atmospheres of the places and spaces they exist in, I’m interested in the possibility of discovering underlying emotional and psychological structures and how these may implicate an audience, inflecting on our shared human experience and opening up even metaphysical dimensions. As the artist and conduit, I have also often revealed my own making process, to infer a kinship between myself and who I’m looking at. There’s an underlying empathetic drive, to attempt to understand and connect to the world, through looking at the people in it and the different ways we engage with and navigated it. My practice reflects on the ethical dimensions of looking at the world and beyond. I continue to be fascinated by the boundaries between anonymity and intimacy, public and private, singular worlds and group dynamics.

Teaching Summary

Dryden Goodwin is a 0.5 Reader in Graduate Fine Art Media working with MA/MFA and PhD students.

01-SEP-2012 Reader in Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art University College London, United Kingdom
20-SEP-2007 – 10-NOV-2012 Lecturer in Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art University College London, United Kingdom
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